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Former biology professor no longer employed at Chico State

Chico State will not be further discussing the specifics of this case, public relations manager, Andrew Staples, said
Chico state biology professor David Stachura. Courtesy: Chico State

Chico State biology professor David Stachura as of Wednesday is no longer an employee at the university, public relations manager, Andrew Staples, said. However, it is unclear whether he was fired or resigned.

Stachura is still under a restraining order to stay at least 300 yards away from the Chico State campus for another three years after the delivery of the order in October 2023. 

Stachura was placed on paid leave in December 2022. This came after an EdSource article revealed that he made threats to faculty members who reported a relationship he had with a student.

The initial 2020 investigation revealed that Stachura violated a Title IX executive order by engaging in a consensual relationship with a student.

A final report released by the university in November 2023 stated that Stachura denied the affair, and an investigation of the threats found he was not dangerous. 

The university police chief, Christopher Nicodemus, later testified in disagreement with these findings, saying that it might be better to be cautious when making a threat assessment.

The university will not be further discussing the specifics of this case, Staples stated in an email.

The Orion has reached out to former Chico State president Gayle Hutchinson and Stachura’s lawyer, Kasra Ali Parsad, and is awaiting response.

Maki Chapman, Jenna McMahon and Grace Stark can be reached at [email protected].

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Maki Chapman, Reporter
Maki Chapman is a journalism major with a minor in German and is currently in his final year at Chico State. Having been interested in journalism for a long time now, he looks forward to working on The Orion again. In his free time he plays Dungeons and Dragons on the weekends. After graduation, he hopes to become a freelance journalist and writer.
Jenna McMahon, Opinion Editor
Jenna McMahon transferred to Chico State in fall 2023 from Santa Barbara City College and is in her third-year as a journalism major as well as having added a global studies minor this year. This will be her first year on The Orion as the opinion editor having had past experience on The Channels at SBCC. After graduating she hopes to become a traveling journalist and hopefully work for National Geographic. In her free time she plays soccer for the club team at Chico State and loves to read, travel and anything to do with nature.
Grace Stark, News Editor
Grace Stark is a second-year majoring in journalism, news. She is from Loomis, a small town outside of Sacramento. This is her second semester on The Orion and she is excited to pursue her interests in writing and reporting as the news editor. Outside of school, Grace enjoys thrifting, reading, drawing and spending time with friends. She also has a small business online called Rings by Grace where she sells handmade spoon rings.

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